Monthly Archives: January 2016


Everyday Fitness

Fitness trainer Lanré Idewu warms up a group of hikers ahead of a trek through the Santa Monica Mountains (Photo courtesy of Lanré Idewu)

Fitness trainer Lanré Idewu warms up a group of hikers ahead of a trek through the Santa Monica Mountains (Photo courtesy of Lanré Idewu)

Think it’s hard to get fit, lose weight and eat healthy? Maybe you’re being too hard on yourself.

“You don’t need to spend an entire hour working out,” said Lanré Idewu. The former medical student turned certified trainer and celebrity fitness instructor suggests working more activity into your day naturally. “The key is to get moving.”

As for strict diets, he isn’t a fan. “Everything in moderation, including moderation…. if you eat a piece of cake, don’t beat yourself up.”

An important key to achieving the body you have always dreamed of is in finding a way to be happy with your appearance now, before you begin your fitness regime.

In this podcast, Lanré explains why strict diets don’t always work, how you can easily add more activity into a busy day, and the affects the stress hormone cortisol could have on your body.

Learn more about Lanré Idewu at Fit4LA.com


"First Light" photo by Ken Pfeiffer

12 Steps: A Path to Recovery

"First Light" photo by Ken Pfeiffer

“First Light” photo by Ken Pfeiffer

Anyone who has attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting has likely heard of the ’12 Steps.”

The spiritual program based on 12 steps, worked through step by step in consecutive order, was created by Bill Wilson in the 1930s. Since then, it’s helped a lot of people overcome their addictions to alcohol and drugs.

Today, the 12 Steps have been modified and are used in many lesser-known self help programs such as Al-anon-Alateen, Adult Children of Alcoholics as well as Gamblers AnonymousOvereaters Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Narconon and many more.

“(Before the 12 steps came along), alcoholism was regarded as a moral weakness,” said Dr. Ken Pfeiffer, a Carpinteria-based psychologist and pain expert. “The traditional way of dealing with alcoholics was with scorn, and condemnation and punishment… We know now that this only makes the situation worse.”

“What Alcoholics Anonymous does now, is it brings together people with a similar mind, added Dr. Pfeiffer. “.. if you go to AA, you’re meeting with other alcoholics who understand your situation…. so there’s a lot of love and understanding and camaraderie.”

In this podcast, Dr. Pfeiffer will walk you through the 12 steps, and offer ideas, hope and healing to you or your loved one who is suffering with the disease of addiction.

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Creating Meaningful Rituals

Ritual in clouds_800A new year seems like a logical time for making a fresh start. I thought why not do a podcast about reinforcing a new year’s resolution or goal with ritual? So, I turned to one of my favorite yoga instructors to walk you and me through this process.

I’d imagined she would suggest doing something spiritual like lighting a candle and gazing at a crystal cluster in a meditative state. Or, setting some meaningful mementos and fresh flowers in an area of your home that could serve as a small alter, reminding yourself of the person you wish to become.

But, I was wrong. She did suggest the meditation part – sitting still doing deep belly breathing for five minutes a day.

“Meditation is a wonderful ritual every morning, to set space for self respect, to set the tone of our attitude. To realize who we want to be in that day and how we want to meet others,” explained Suzanne Marlow, a Santa Barbara area marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and Insight Yoga instructor at Yoga Soup.

For those who have trouble sitting still she suggested a meditation alternative she calls Beditation, which can be done first thing in the morning.

“Five minutes before you get out of bed, put your hands on your belly. Feel the breath moving in and out. Relax into who you are, and then kind of set your mind to who you want to be.”

Click the arrow below to listen to my podcast with Suzanne Marlow

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She also offered some practical ideas for weaving mindful rituals into daily life, such as expressing gratitude. “Every time you walk through a door, can you slow down a bit, and just take a breath and remember how fortunate you are to be in this moment… even the moments that don’t seem so fortunate.”

Marlow calls cleaning the space inside of us mental flossing. “As we develop into healthier human beings…. we need to think more wholesomely… We need to be honest about what is going on inside (ourselves).”

For more information on Suzanne Marlow’s yoga and counseling services, including her new mindfulness group therapy program, go to Suzanne Marlow.com.